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30/01/2009

Local winemaker awarded for promotion of Champagne in Australia

South Australian Champagne aficionado and winemaker, Jane Bromley has been awarded the prestigious Saint Vincent Award by The Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne, for her ongoing contribution to the promotion of the Champagne appellation and its wines in Australia.

The Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne was established in 1939 to ensure the correct method of vine-tending in the Champagne region. It was then decided that the best pupils would be awarded a special diploma to be presented on Saint Vincent Day each year. Later the Corporation decided that some particularly deserving persons could be awarded a "diplome d'honneur" for their involvement in the promotion of Champagne. This section was opened to people outside Champagne and abroad in 1968.

A former winner of the Vin de Champagne Award, Jane Bromley was honoured in the Amateur category in 2002. As one of Australia’s best Champagne palates and ambassadors, Jane actively promotes Champagne in South Australia, regularly presenting at tastings and Champagne events to ensure that Australia remains in the top ten markets for importing Champagne in the world.

Previous winners of the Saint Vincent Award in Australia have been wine industry professionals and amateurs including: Peter Bourne (2003), Huon Hooke (2002), Peter Forrestal (1998) and Bernadette O’Shea (1993).

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